Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Following a 2-0 loss to Osasuna in the Basque derby, Athletic Bilbao will look to climb to the Conference League berth when they host Elche to their San Mames on Sunday. The Lions are determined to represent Spain in European competitions next term and they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. Midfielder Oihan Sancet is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while all Ander Herrera, Dani Garcia, and Jon Morcillo remain in the recovery room. Both Yeray Alvarez and Inigo Martinez are major doubts.
Los Franjiverdes, on the other hand, do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team failing to secure the Primera Division survival. Given Elche’s poor away record, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. All Alamo, Carmona, Gonzalez, Mascarell, and Palacios have been struggling with injuries of late, speaking of the away team.
Highlighted Player (Iñaki Williams):
Inaki Williams is one of the most talented Spanish players. The pacey winger, who plays as a centre-forward as well, started his senior career at Basconia, scoring seven goals in 18 appearances for the club. In 2014 he moved to Athletic Bilbao, but he played for the reserve team at the beginning.
Inaki impressed in the 2014/2015 season with Athletic Bilbao B and, as a result, he was given a chance to prove his worth in the Spanish top flight with the first team. The Spanish footballer made his La liga debut on December 6, 2014, replacing injured attacker Aritz Aduriz in a 1-0 loss to Cordoba.
Inaki Williams represented Spain at the 2017 U21 European Championship in Poland and he played 20 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Germany in the final of the tournament. Speaking of the senior squad, the Athletic Bilbao footballer made his Spain debut in a 3-1 victory over Bosnia on May 29, 2016. Inaki Williams was born in Bilbao on June 15, 1994.
Highlighted Team (Elche):
Established in 1923, Elche is a Spanish club that competes in La Liga. Los Franjiverdes welcome their rivals at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, the stadium which can hold up to 33,732 spectators. The venue was opened on September 8, 1976.
Elche wear white shirts with green stripe and white shorts when playing at home, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The club’s biggest success came in 1969 as Elche made it to the Copa del rey final. Los Franjiverdes faced Club Atletico de Bilbao in the Spanish Cup final, with the Basques winning the match by one goal to nil.
The likes of Mario Pasalic, Ivan Bolado, Garry Rodrigues, Goran Djorovic, Albert Nadj, Wakaso, Moha, Carlos Sanchez, Ioan Andone, Enzo Roco, Dominique Malonga, Richmond Boakye, and Sory Kaba are some of the notable players who were part of the team in the past. Elche have never represented Spain in European competitions.